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Jikoni Innovation

Jikoni Innovation seeks to empower refugee’s women to be clean stove installers to addresses indoor smoke homes for safety and prosperity

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

More than 250,000 refugees living in Tanzania are 100 percent dependent on collecting wood for cooking. The conflict issue that is most significant between the host communities and the refugee population is the issue of firewood. The daily negotiation triggers hostilities, tensions, and perceptions of insecurity. Refugees must negotiate daily for access to gather firewood and biomass in the surrounding land. There are no formal land rights granted to the refugees, so there is a constant risk of violence, assault, and extortion on an already traumatized population. This firewood problem is multilayered.first environmental degradation continues as biomass is cleared in the vicinities of the refugee settlements. Refugees are considered by the host communities to be temporary visitors, who do not respect the land or care about sustainability. Household air pollution through traditional cooking practices over an open-fire stove or inefficient fuel burning stove is the fourth biggest health risk in the world. Four million people die worldwide each year from exposure to cookstove smoke that causes cancer, pneumonia, heart and lung disease, blindness and burns. Close to half of the pneumonia deaths among children under five can be linked back to the inhalation of particulate matter from indoor smoke. Solutions to indoor air pollution have been created, but they are often too expensive or inaccessible to refugees and host communities around the world. Jikoni Innovation involves the currently or previously experiencing women displacement in whole process. This initiative design and installs local clean-burning and efficient wood-burning stoves in the refugee’s home. We identify and training refugees local women to become Key trainers and champions for the installation of the stoves for other women homes. Women will not need outsider’s expert to be with them when they are building a stove, they can solve problems themselves that arise during their work, and that is science.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Kigoma Region: While refugees receive food from humanitarian agencies, the food still needs to be cooked before they can be eaten. Yet without access to safe cookstoves and fuels, women and children must risk their safety, health, and sometimes their lives, to search for and collect firewood in order to cook over smoky, polluting open fires that damage health. Refugees women often must walk for hours to find firewood and carry loads of 20 kg or more back to camp, puts them at risk of violence.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Jikoni Innovation helps to train women Installation Teams in refugee community to build stoves to improve health and provide women with employment. Household air pollution from indoor cooking fires is the cause of a worldwide public health crisis. The smoke sickens and kills more than 4 million each year, primarily women and children.Training Women’s Installation Teams to replace indoor cooking fires with clean-burning stoves, which will create jobs for refugee women & improve community health.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

The burden of collecting firewood and preparing meals for the family is primarily shouldered by women and children. Jikoni Innovation involves the currently or previously experiencing women displacement/refugees are part of the ideation, process, and project. The collection of firewood poses the risk of exposure to Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Walking long distances in insecure areas exposes women to the risk of harassment, physical assault, abduction, and rape. Jikoni Innovation goes beyond basic need by listening, work, participation, and trained local women the stove installation such as the chimney and firebox that solved the worst smoke problems. The women love stoves. They are healthier, have more time, their children are healthier and the local and wider environmental benefits. Each stove will save around three tonnes a year of wood; that’s three tonnes of wood that each woman doesn’t have to carry on her back each year. The stove is much safer than tradition three-stone fire.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

The stoves will successfully remove smoke while keeping flame and after-burning smoke and gases engaged in the cooking process as long as possible. They attain high combustion efficiency and clear household air while keeping children safe from burns. Replacing three-stone indoor cooking fires with this stove reduces local deforestation and carbon emissions by sixty percent. Removing indoor smoke pollution to improve children’s respiratory health is one of our most important accomplishments. This is our goal! We are well on our way to achieving it. Our stoves remove 90 percent of the smoke and health improvements are clearly evident. We empower local women to install stoves that improve the local economy, employment and further contribute to community involvement and adoption of the stove. We continue stove improvements, teaching women how to minimize smoke production, while still enjoying normal cooking. Improve environment where 96% classed as ‘non-renewable’, so is not replaced.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

Jikoni Innovation evaluates the problems of health-threatening indoor smoke plaguing the refugee's homes, and high wood fuel consumption. We viewed the conditions the Women refugees were facing; we decided to focus on this area as one particularly appropriate for the stove work. A meeting with the women of refugees yielded an immediate enthusiastic response to the idea of removing smoke from the houses. The women hated the smoke but had not realized that it could be changed. Helping the women refugees organize to reach for a better life, puts empowerment at the core of every aspect of the work. Perhaps you are already aware of the danger of smoke in the refuges homes, caused by indoor cooking with open fires. This is a profound international health issue that affects millions. In response, the Jikoni Innovation designs and installs clean-burning and efficient wood-burning stoves by members of the Women’s refugees Installation Teams in their home.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Women, as the primary users of household energy resources and technologies, often have the best understanding of local needs, resources and dynamics in the field of household energy. At the same time, women tend to be excluded from or only have limited access to decision-making processes, for example on whether or not to purchase improved cooking technologies such as fuel-efficient stoves. Men are in many cases gatekeepers to women’s access to technology.The essential role of women in food security and nutrition, through their responsibility for providing cooking fuel and preparing food, is linked to energy access. Due to differing household roles, women and men have distinct ways of responding to limited access to energy. Women are often hit the hardest when fuel is lacking, since they are tasked with preparing the food for the family. The time women and girls spend collecting fuelwood has broad implications for their productive life.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Women are ready for change. Their knowledge is often idealized by outsiders, but women inside are well aware of their situations and know that they can change their own lives for the better. Jikoni Innovation brings women ideas, resources, and respectful assistance, and they take the initiative to move their lives in new directions. The refugee's women will appoint the members of the Women’s Installation Teams. The teams will then replace indoor cooking fires with the stove and chimney. As a stove installer, the women have mastered employable skills that have traditionally been associated with “men’s work” such as bricklaying, cement and mortar mixing, and executing careful measurement and installation procedures. Local women want to use our stoves exclusively. They take great pride in their roles as master technicians and in their new sources of income. The stoves have proven to not only eliminate smoke emissions and increase efficiency, but they are also more convenient for them.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Jikoni Innovation involves the currently or previously experiencing women displacement/refugees are part of the ideation, process and whole project. We also partner with local government and service providers to address refugee women and girls protection risks, promote and value their participation, raise their social status and increase program effectiveness. We reaching and serving the unique needs by consult refugees women including in the design, implementation, and monitoring of programs as follows: 1. make sure that the innovation increased participation of refugees women and feel more comfortable going to seek firewood solution; 2. when collecting program data, ensure that refugees women are counted by taking gender- and age-disaggregated information. 3. To prioritize the development of alternative energy sources for cooking fuel and fuel-efficient cookstoves to keep refugees women safe and to protect the environment

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name

Fildi Solution

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Fildi Solution is passionate to use human-centered design to make our world a healthier more vibrant place. We supporting entrepreneurial ecosystems, public health, and women-owned initiatives for hard to reach refugees and displaced people.

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Type of submitter

  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

Organization Headquarters: Country


Organization Headquarters: City / State

Arusha, Tanzania


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Greetings Maria L
Thanks for your great idea. I know that people displaced are vulnerable, they depend on external support, they don't produce their own means for survival,how then will they purchase your products?

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